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Another bongo born at Zoo Atlanta

Another bongo born at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Matilda, a rare eastern bongo at Zoo Atlanta, has given birth to her second calf in as many years.

The baby was born Dec. 2 and is the second calf for Matilda and her 5-year-old mate Tambo.

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Matilda, 5, gave birth to her first calf exactly one year earlier -- on Dec. 2, 2011. That baby, Beauregard, is the first bongo born at the Grant Park zoo.

Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines said eastern bongos are critically endangered. Experts believe fewer than 500 remain in the wild.

Learn about orangutans at Zoo Atlanta

Learn about orangutans at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta is one of many zoos worldwide participating in Orangutan Caring Week, which began Nov. 11.

The Grant Park zoo held a special demonstration at its orangutan habitat on Sunday and will host another one on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Activities include a zookeeper Q&A session at 11 a.m. and a feeding at 2:15 p.m. Special feedings will also be held throughout Orangutan Caring Week.

According to Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines, Atlanta's zoo has the largest zoological collection of orangutans in the U.S. The zoo's 13 orangutans range in age from 2 to 42; one of them, 16-year-old Blaze, is due to give birth in January.

Zoo Atlanta is located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE. Learn more at zooatlanta.org.

Cobwebs and Cocktails at Zoo Atlanta

Cobwebs and Cocktails at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta announced on Monday its first adults-only Halloween celebration in more than 10 years.

Cobwebs and Cocktails will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

During the event, which is sponsored by Groupon, guests will have to navigate a path haunted by an ancient darkness as they hunt for a giant venomous spider transformed by a powerful curse. Afterward, they are invited to party in the Spider's Lair, where there will be live entertainment, encounters with nocturnal animals and other fun.

Tickets to Cobwebs and Cocktails will go on sale on Groupon on Saturday, Oct. 21. Tickets are $45 per person or $80 for couples, and include admission and two complimentary drinks each.

For more information, visit zooatlanta.org or groupon.com.

Guess the weight of Zoo Atlanta's biggest snake

Guess the weight of Zoo Atlanta's biggest snake

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's zoo is giving visitors the chance to guess how much its biggest snake weighs before her annual weigh-in.

The female reticulated python is the largest resident of Zoo Atlanta's World of Reptiles. Zoo staff members weigh and measure her once a year. But Tuesday marks the first time in years that zoo guests have been invited to watch.

Reticulated pythons are native to Southeast Asia and are the world's longest snake species. They are non-venomous constrictors. They ambush their prey, including mammals as big as pigs.

The measurements will be taken at 2:30 p.m. by members of the zoo's herpetology department.

Wash. pet cemetery offers free resting place for gorilla Ivan

Wash. pet cemetery offers free resting place for gorilla Ivan

TACOMA, Wash. -- A Washington pet cemetery has offered a resting place for Ivan, the 50-year-old gorilla with Tacoma roots who died Monday at Zoo Atlanta.

In a letter to the editor of The News Tribune, the president of New Tacoma Cemeteries offers a free space in their University Place pet cemetery if the zoo wants it.

Ivan had lived at Zoo Atlanta since 1994. He was born in the wild around 1962 and wildlife traders sold him to the owners of a department store in Tacoma in 1964. A few years later, he was moved to an indoor enclosure at the store.

Zoo Atlanta mourns another gorilla's death

Zoo Atlanta mourns another gorilla's death

ATLANTA -- Just three weeks after losing one beloved gorilla, Atlanta's zoo is mourning the death of a second geriatric ape.

Zoo Atlanta says Ivan never regained consciousness after being put under general anesthesia Monday for a diagnostic assessment. The zoo says the 50-year-old ape had recently lost weight, seemed to lack appetite and had a respiratory illness.

Late last month, the zoo euthanized a fellow western lowland gorilla named Joe. The 49 year old had suffered a decline in health and host of chronic problems, including heart disease.

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Ivan had lived at Zoo Atlanta since 1994.

2012 Runway Red welcomes international platinum heritage, a heavyweight champ and children of a KING

2012 Runway Red welcomes international platinum heritage, a heavyweight champ and children of a KING

Show Me the Way foundation signs on celebrity children to walk the runway for charity

ATLANTA- The Show Me the Way foundation and African Pride Dream Kids are excited to welcome music royalty to the 2012 Runway Red: Wonderland Safari charity kids fashion show. The event is set to take over ZOO Atlanta located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 at 7pm on Saturday, August 11, 2012. International superstar Akon's sons will walk the runway along with the children of hip hop's king of the south TI. Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's little one's will participate and Chilli from TLC's son will return for a repeat performance.